About this book
"A Star Called Henry" marks a new chapter in Booker Prize winner Roddy Doyle's writing. This new novel follows the fortunes of Henry Smart during the Easter Rising and on towards becoming a Fenian hero. An historical novel like none other before it. A look behind the the legends of Irish republicanism, whilst at its centre a passionate love story.
A historical tale marking a new turn in Doyle's writing. Born in the slums of Dublin in 1902, his father a one-legged whorehouse bouncer, Henry Smart has to grow up fast. He eventually becomes a Fenian, a rebel, a republican legend - one of Michael Collins's boys, an assassin on a stolen bike.